At ECRCHS we strive to provide the best possible education to our students. They in turn work hard to achieve at high levels. One of the biggest challenges facing humankind is educating the next generation to lead in a way that will successfully tackle the world’s problems. To this end, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) provides a platform to reach our students and prepare them for the world to come. Along with our focus on sustainability, ECRCHS prepares its students to excel in these fields so they are equipped with the skills needed to make a positive impact in the world. Anne Jolly provides the following criteria for a successful STEM program:
These criteria help to frame the discussion of what STEM looks like, however, without the “arts,” STEM fails to address integral aesthetic and design aspects of systems. By adding the arts to STEM, we arrive at STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Combined, these disciplines create a more integrated vision for the future. Many of our teachers combine various aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math throughout their disciplines. This integration serves a number of the goals put forth by Common Core standards, which demand that students collaborate and develop comprehensive solutions.
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